New members join Chamber

By James Bennett

Finley Chamber of Commerce has been revamped with four new members joining the committee at last week’s Annual General Meeting.

Sandy Massina, Sharni Hood and Rebecca Jones chose not to stand for 2018/19, while Janette Morris stood down from both her role as treasurer and as a committee member.

They were replaced by Cathy Close, Aschleigh Perring, Rick Shaw and James Bennett. Replacing Mrs Morris as treasurer is Jodie Ciccolini.

Gary Carr was returned unopposed as president alongside Syd Dudley as vice president, also elected unopposed. They will be joined by long standing secretary Susan Hill and Tirana Giddings as assistant secretary.

Mr Carr thanked the previous committee members and welcomed the new members.

‘‘Cathy Close is well experienced in business and has already shown her excellent skills in helping to organise the Feel Good in Finley event,’’ Mr Carr said.

‘‘It’s good to see new and old faces on the committee and I’m sure they all have plenty to offer.’’

The AGM hosted 30 chamber members along with special guests Member for Murray Austin Evans, Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan, Berrigan and District Development Association president John Lane and guest speaker Grant Johnstone from Ace Digital.

Mr Carr outlined a successful year for chamber, addressing town planning and hosting new town events.

‘‘Finley Chamber has had a big year keeping everyone busy,’’ he said.

‘‘We put forward a couple of new events this year including the successful Feel Good in Finley, and a second one has already been planned for November.

‘‘FinCity Food and Music Fest debuted last year with help of the Farmers Market committee and the support of local businesses.

‘‘We had such a great turnout and feedback that plans are underway for another later this year.

‘‘Chamber and the Berrigan Shire worked closely with the installation of the new Finley town signs that went up in early October.

‘‘We were able to proactively work with the shire with the slight redesign of the signs and look forward to the end result with sign lighting and surrounding gardens.’’

Mr Carr also acknowledged the ‘‘downside’’ to Finley businesses and community groups over the past 12 months.

‘‘The Finley Farmers Market disbanded, which is a sad loss,’’ he said.

‘‘Murray Hut Clothing will be closing at the end of the month. It’s been a great asset in the main street of Finley over the last 18 years. Owners Susan Hill and Gary Brooksby have a positive attitude and will still work in the community.’’

The next Finley Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held on July 10 at the RS Club.